Miami commissioners back mayor in his fight against Airbnb

MIAMI (AP) — City commissioners are supporting Miami’s mayor in his fight to restrict rentals through Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms.

The commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to reaffirm zoning regulations prohibiting short-term rentals of single-family homes in Miami’s residential areas. Mayor Tomas Regalado presented the resolution to commissioners after pledging earlier this week to crack down on short-term rentals that he says create nuisances throughout Miami’s communities.

According to a Miami Herald report, City Manager Daniel Alfonso said code compliance officials could start targeting Airbnb hosts who placed their names and addresses on the record to attend the meeting.

Airbnb’s head of public policy in Florida, Tom Martinelli, said targeting homeowners who showed up to express their opposition was “reprehensible.” Martinelli and dozens of Airbnb hosts said short-term rentals are a boon to Miami.

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